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Railway strike to continues yet steps have been taken to minimize inconvenience to the public.

A special discussion with regard to the trade Union action launched with effect from mid night yesterday by the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union of the Sri Lanka Railways was held at the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation this afternoon. Secretary to the Ministry Sena Withanage, General Manager of Railways S Mahanama Abeywickrama and representatives of the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union participated at this discussion. Issuing a statement following the discussion, Mr Sena Withanage said that a court decision has been given after a case was filed with the Supreme Court over the Railway Engine Driver Assistant exam issue, which is the main reason for the strike. He pointed out that a public servant cannot change a decision given by a court and assured that he would dedicate himself to somehow bring about an acceptable solution the problem.

The Secretary also requested the trade union to withdraw from the strike, considering the fact that it will affect the students who are preparing to sit for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination and other commuters.
The strike, which was launched from midnight yesterday had resulted in the cancellation of several long-distance trains this morning.
Speaking to the SLBC, Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe stated that although the strike is still in force, steps have been taken to minimize inconvenience to the public. Thereby, CTB buses have been deployed to begin their journey from the Colombo Fort and Maradana Railway stations. Train commuters who are season ticket holders can utilize this bus service free-of-charge.